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The European charter for researchers and the code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers (The Charter and Code)

The European Charter for Researchers (Charter) is a set of general principles and requirements that specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers.

The Code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers (Code) consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers.

Download the “Charter and Code”.

Host universities and research organisations are subject to French law, which is itself in concordance with the “Charter and Code”. Most universities and research organisations have already adopted the “Charter and Code”. The MCFR programme is an ideal opportunity to encourage institutions that have not yet adopted it to do so. The CPU strongly encourages this measure.

Working conditions

Host universities and research organisations will welcome the fellows and will guarantee the respect for good working conditions. If the host institution has already adopted the “Charter and Code”, the pertaining conditions will be guaranteed. Otherwise, the CPU will make sure that the principles should be respected and that the "Charter and Code" will be signed.

In terms of working space, the conditions will depend on the host institution, although most French laboratories offer an adequate workspace that includes a telephone, a computer, and the services of an administrative staff. Furthermore, universities and research organisations have sizeable infrastructures with significant scientific and documentation sources.

In accordance with the “Charter and Code”, all fellows have the same rights as the other members of the host staff.
Every researcher welcomed in France is covered by a work contract agreed between themselves and the host laboratory. This work contract includes, among other items, social security coverage.

The administrative staffs of universities and research organisations are used to handling work contracts and visiting of foreign researchers. However, in the event that a fellow should indicate a problem, the CPU will handle the latter and will solve it.